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  • Editing Team 09:27 on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID & RTLS Help Hospitals to Ensure Patient Safety 

    Technologies like radio-frequency identification (RFID) and real-time locating systems (RTLS) are already transforming how some hospitals operate and they are going to play an even bigger role in the hospitals in the future, yet they are still underused in healthcare.

    In fact, beyond asset tracking and supply chain management, wireless technology can provide real-time data which can increase patient safety.

    The best way to put RFID and RTLS to work is with an integrated, enterprise-wide approach. That isn’t easy. But the Healthcare Symposium, which held early this month, showcased best practices for putting the proper building blocks in place and then reaping their rewards: capturing data, aggregating it, analyzing it and extracting knowledge to drive efficiencies and improve care.

    In the session, John Wass, CEO of Wavemark, Inc., showed just how important real-time information can spur better care delivery.

    A hospital is “almost like a war environment,” said Wass: periods of quiet punctuated by dramatic and often chaotic situations where “everything is going crazy.”

    In those situations, “real-time information is absolutely critical,” he said. One way of getting that information is via RFID — active or passive tags that can show whether a needed piece of equipment is there or not — and if it is nearby, where exactly it is. They can track critical medication, and tell whether it’s safe to administer or expired.

    Wireless technologies allow caregivers “to focus on the patient,” rather than on time-draining administrative tasks, said Wass. In emergency situation, they can offer clear directives, preventing nurses and physicians from overreacting to stress.

    In a “battle against time,” with “limited human resources,” he said, “automated or semi-automated data collection is critical to winning the battle.”

     
  • Editing Team 14:09 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Panalpina Monitors Cold Chain Network Using RFID Sensors 

    Panalpina-monitors-cold-chain-sensors-RFID-blogThe demand for RFID technology is increasing at a fast pace, especially in the healthcare industry, but not only limited to that. Now, Panalpina has integrated active RFID sensors in a third of its air cargo, since it is temperature sensitive. The company is now using SmartView technology on its cool chain network, and SmartView is also being integrated into the company’s IT platforms for seamless launching.

    The shipments being moved by Panalpina are healthcare shipments for the most part but Panalpina is also responsible for moving pharmaceuticals, chemical pre-products, dangerous and hazardous substances, printing machines and high tech wafers.

    SmartView is an active RFID-based temperature control system from Ambient Systems, an award-winning solution for cool chain optimization. Panalpina uses SmartView in its own controlled freight network. With RFID, temperatures can be recorded over-the-air and continuously monitored in the transit warehouse and while on the road when being transferred from the warehouse to the planes take off location.

    Every 15 minutes, SmartView system will record the temperatures using the RFID sensors, which are attached onto the shipment. Once the plan reached the delivery location, the information is automatically transferred to the central database. The Panalpina routers are typically located in the airport transit warehouses.

    Panalpina is also currently working on a system, which will make temperature monitoring of individual shipments directly accessible to its customers.

     
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